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Senators cull governors powers in new move

04 March 2014, 18:59 William Korir

Nairobi - The senate has rubber-stamped a new law that forces governors to communicate with the National Assembly only through them as supremacy battles between the two continue.

The move comes in the midst of battles between the two institutions which have made the headlines over their respective roles in the running of counties.

This latest move, ascended to Tuesday, saw the house standing orders changed to only allow messeges from governors meant for the house pass through their respective county senators.

It will bring into sharp focus the relationships between governors and their senators, especially with some not being in good terms and the raging issue of spending at county level.

Kakamega senator Bonny Khalwale, who launched the motion, said it was important that a senator knows the agenda laid by the respective governor before hand for planning and deliberation.

" It is important that at all times, the senator knows what is going on in his county and thus it is appropriate that such messages pass through us, he said.

The move was seconded by his Siaya counterpart James Orengo.

" It can only make sense that there is coordination at county level to avoid scenario's where the senator is not in the know about issues raised on the floor of the house, he said.

The senators had earlier also ascended to a new committee called the Public Accounts and Investment  to probe and oversee management and financial arrangements at county level.

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